One could understand if you, like me, thought last year’s championship meant that we would somehow be immune from the flu-like delirium/anxious firestorm that is a hockey playoff game seven. We were both wrong. This was bonkers. It’s unbelievable we do this to ourselves.
But hey, let’s talk about Caps and Canes Game Seven, and the end of the back-to-back dream.
Andre Burakovsky was first to score, capping off a great forecheck by the third line. Alex Ovechkin made some next-level moves to assist Tom Wilson for another first-period goal.
Sebastian Aho got a great rebound to score a shorthanded goal in the second, but Evgeny Kuznetsov responded with his first goal of the series. Teuvo Teravainen got a loose puck in the slot to keep the Caps lead to one goal after forty minutes.
Jordan Staal tied the game early in the third, pushing us into sudden-victory overtime. Twenty minutes of extra time didn’t give us an answer. But then, more than halfway into double overtime, Brock McGinn got a sneaky winner to end the Caps’ season.
Caps lose. Canes win the series 4 to 3.